“USA 🇺🇸 ~Charlotte, North Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina and Tiny Too”
I finally feel complete with Tiny and the organization I was able to finish with and of course the “tidying up,” during our wonderful stay with the kids.
I’m very pleased, and we are better equipped to camp, full-time in such a small space.
After we said our goodbyes “till next time,” to our family, we got underway, and headed for Charlotte. We only got to drive through the city, due to time constraints, and soon made our way to Charleston South Carolina, where we had more time.
There is much more to explore for us in the Carolinas, so we will be back. AND, we will also NOT be waiting 3.5 years to do so!
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
Charlotte looks like a brand new city, but there’s a lot of history there. Its roots run deep in the Old South; way back before the American Revolution.
As the New South dawned, following the Civil War, Charlotte took off; first as a railroad junction and then as a cotton mill hub.
Today, it is one of America’s largest banking centers and one of the nation’s fastest-growing metropolitan areas.
Charlotte calls itself the Queen City. But why? The nickname offers a hint that this community is older than the U.S.
King George III still ruled the Colonies when European settlers chartered the town, back in 1768. They named the new hamlet after the King’s wife, Queen Charlotte, and gave the surrounding county the name Mecklenburg in honor of her majesty’s birthplace in Germany.
CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINA
The history of Charleston is so rich, that America’s first museum was founded here in 1773.
Charleston, South Carolina is one of the most diverse and long lasting communities in the United States. Starting in the 1670’s, Charleston was a leading city in the South from the colonial era to the Civil War. Originally, the city became wealthy through its exports of rice and sea island cotton, and attracted many wealthy individuals.
After the Civil War, Charleston’s hinterland lost its regional dominance, however, it remained a hub of commerce for South Carolina.
In 1670, Charleston, South Carolina, was gifted to the loyal followers of King Charles II. These devout men had a dream to turn the area into a royal port town, initially named “Charles Town,” after King Charles II. Within just 10 years, colonists from all over Europe and other areas were flocking to Charles Town. Not everything was rosy, however, because France and Spain still contested the territory, and Charles Town was frequently attacked by land and by sea. Even pirates laid siege to the city, with the infamous Edward Teach (known as Blackbeard) attacked in 1718 and plundered the merchant ships in the area.
Eventually the attacks subsided, and by 1750 Charleston became a bustling trade center. As the hub of Atlantic trade for the southern colonies, Charleston was the largest and wealthiest city south of Philly, and soon became the fourth largest colony.
Because of it’s growing importance, Charleston became a focal point during the American Revolution. In 1776, General Henry Clinton attempted to seize Charleston with a large navy and 2,000 men. The 2nd South Carolina Regiment defeated Clinton, soundly. Several more important battles were waged in the area, all of which resulted in the British being beaten back again and again.
Charleston gave rise to famous men such as Francis Marion, aka the “Swampfox,” who used hit and run tactics to decimate British forces. If you are looking for things to do in Charleston, some reenactments of Revolutionary War battles might be afoot. Keep your eye open!
As the United States was formed, South Carolina (and by extension Charleston) had roots tied to the deep south. Of course, as the Antebellum and Civil War periods arose, this placed Charleston in a position of picking sides. South Carolina was the first state to cede from the Union, and in fact, some say that the first battle of the Civil War (or at least the first shots) was in Charleston as Citadel Cadets opened fire on Union ships.
CHARLESTON KOA HOLIDAY CAMPGROUND
STATES VISITED ON OUR 2021 USA ROAD TRIP
KONA, HAWAII: ✅
OREGON x2: ✅
SOUTH DAKOTA: ✅
NORTH DAKOTA: ✅
NEW YORK: ✅
NEW HAMPSHIRE: ✅
RHODE ISLAND: ✅
NEW YORK x2: ✅
NEW JERSEY: ✅
PENNSYLVANIA x2: ✅
WASHINGTON DC: ✅
WEST VIRGINIA: ✅
NORTH CAROLINA: ✅
SOUTH CAROLINA: ✅Go To Home Page
Archive Blog Posts of Our Country Visits
- “USA ~From Florence, and Casa Grande, Arizona Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!”
- “USA ~The Tri-States; Including Oatman The Living Ghost Town, Arizona”
- “USA 🇺🇸 ~We Made It Back to California and Gone Again, Already!”
- “Intermittent Fasting in Our Senior Years”
- “USA 🇺🇸 ~Albuquerque, New Mexico Old Town, More Route 66 and Arizona!”
- “USA 🇺🇸 ~Getting Our KIX on ROUTE 66! Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico”
- “USA 🇺🇸 ~Memphis, Tennessee; Graceland and More!”
- “USA 🇺🇸 ~Charlotte, North Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina and Tiny Too”
- “USA 🇺🇸 ~The Outer Banks in North Carolina; Shackleford Lookout Cape, Wild Horses and More!”
- “USA 🇺🇸 ~Jacksonville, North Carolina Onslow (private) Beach Camp LeJeune Marine Base and More”
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